What can I say? I've been gypsying around for the last five years or so, but I'm back in Alberta now, although this is my first time living in Calgary. It turns out I've actually done and dabbled in a lot of different things over time, so I can usually find grounds to relate with just about anyone, but I'm pretty particular about who I really consider friends. I try to be straightforward, but I don't know if I'm always successful. I think I come off as absentminded and disorganized sometimes, but I am usually keeping better track of things than people think.
I like to hike and swim (in fact, I love water and being wet in almost every respect), but I'm pretty fond of loafing around playing videogames or wasting time on the internet. I've done quite a bit of travelling in North America, but I've never been off the continent. I've become more sedentary (aside from all the moving, HA!) in recent years, since I've largely been on my own, with little to no support network, and no one I really trust to take care of my bird if I go away.
I love working and building relationships with animals; I've very seldom been without pets in my life, and I have a particularly special place in my heart for dogs. We as a species owe them more brotherhood than we extend. I used to teach dog training classes, and I still do some work in that vein privately on occasion. I have a little parrot who I love dearly; a sun conure named Suzaku. I'd like to raise a borzoi when my living arrangements are more conducive to having dogs again, and if I ever get a chance, I'd like to raise a magpie. I'm interested in apiculture and maybe keeping bees some day, but I'm not terribly well studied on the subject yet. I am always happiest when I am with animals.
I likes me some weird live action Japanese superhero shows. Super Sentai most of all, but Kamen Rider and many others as well. Hammy, over-the-top villains and heroes with colourful, flamboyant prop, costume, and set designs. I love it all, and I will absolutely tell you about it in detail. You know why the girl characters in those shows always have skirts on their superhero costumes? It's so you can't see the bulge when they use a male stunt actor.
I'll play just about any kind of tabletop game; D&D, Exalted, VTM, boardgames, cardgames, and whatever. I love it all, and I like to think I'm pretty fun to play with. I like to build mechanics for games too sometimes, and I've got a personal project on the backburner to combine a lot of ideas I've had into a game, but I never seem to get around to it.
To be honest, I don't know what I really want out of this site; a long term partner to stick with me through thick and thin would be nice, but I'm pretty down with friends or just meeting lots of interesting people too. I've always had pretty good luck with meeting a lot of really cool people on OKC. So I guess I want everything?
It comes up a lot in match questions, so let me just say that I'm not religious. I also don't like making my personal identity subordinate to any single word; I've never seen that as anything but a way to try and fit under a banner, so I've tried to break myself of the habit in general. So I don't consider myself atheist or agnostic or whatever other labels anyone cares to apply. I sometimes choose to characterize my personal relationship with the universe at large in vaguely animistic terms.
I like art, so I try to support artists I like, and the nicest thing anyone ever said about me was that I make everything an adventure. So there you go; that's me in my own terms, as best as I can describe.
I'm also fabulous when it comes to starting things.
Books: The Hitchiker's Guide, Discworld, Sandman, Amber, Journey to the West, Slayers novels, The Faerie Queene books, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Nineteen Eighty Four, Beowulf, various other middle English poetry, The Silmarillion, and a bunch of other stuff. Discworld.
I think everyone who's writing novels today should have to read Heart of Darkness just to show them that number of pages does not equal literary quality.
Movies/shows: Super Sentai, Zeiram II, Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still (OVA series), Tom Yum Goong, Old Boy, Tytania(TV series), Speed Racer (the movie), Donnie Darko, Dark City, Serial Experiment Lain, Kamen Rider Kabuto, Blade Runner, Nacho Libre
Music It varies. My taste in music is incredibly eclectic. Let me just say though, that I think Masamichi Amano's compositions for Giant Robo The Day the Earth Stood Still, as played by the Warsaw philharmonic orchestra (their original, and as far as I'm aware, only form) is just plain some of the best music ever produced by mortals. And there's seven fucking albums of it. I'm enjoying quite a bit of blues and jazz lately.
Food: Pizza, steak, twice baked potatoes. I'm a picky eater, and I usually like things pretty simple. I think I maybe just have a really strong sense of taste.
How to communicate more effectively and efficiently. This one is actually a pretty big deal for me.
Whatever I'm fantasizing about at that moment. I do think about philosophy and morality a lot. Those are really just great big deep thoughts that mean very little in end. Fun to think and talk about though. On that subject, someone once said to me, "you have this strange way of making pussing out of killing anyone you want sound important and noble."
A decent chunk of the time I spend on this site, I spend looking at answers people give to their match questions, and trying to understand what it is they saw in the question. As a result, I've written a whole lot of explanations and rants for my answers. I would be honoured if you decided to take a peak.
I think about words. Labels and the aff....effec.... *grabs dictionary* effect of language on identity.
I dream of leaving everything behind and taking off on a whirlwind adventure. And hey, since I quit a stable, easy career to go back to school, I guess I sort of did!?!?
Some random interests of mine:
Swordsmanship (fencing and kenjutsu specifically)
Gaming - That is to say roleplaying; tabletop RPGs. In that vein, I'm trying to get into Exalted right now
My sun conure
Please don't tell Skeletor my secret.
You think the adventures of Indiana Bones and Shorthound would be the most awesome spinoff cartoon ever.
You read any of the ridiculous mini-essays I wrote in response to match-questions. It'd be nice just to know someone did.
You are Carmen Sandiego and want to drop clues so that I can try and catch you after you steal the Great Wall of China. (I'm bad at geography though, so I'll probably just use google)
You want to hear why the Suntots were the actual villains of the old Smoggies cartoon. Only ask this question if you want to have a piece of your childhood ripped out and destroyed.
Or if you just want to hang or talk. Whatever.